The Witcher has set a date to resume filming season two
The first season of The Witcher was a hell of a ride—an often confusing medley of guts and magic and one kick-ass theme song taking place over multiple timelines. We were also thrown into a complex world of fantasy politics—with warring factions of sorcerers, elves, humans, and more. In the finale, all the separate narratives and timelines converge into what sets up a much more promising second season.
But, the bad news is that it's likely it might be a little bit of a longer wait for The Witcher Season Two, as the global COVID-19 pandemic halted production for a few months. In June of 2020, Netflix announced a new date for the show to begin production, which means the release date for Season Two might be further down the road than fans might like. Here's everything we know about Season Two so far.
What happened in The Witcher finale?
Well, essentially The Witcher took place over a span of 40 years, with the timeline of Ciri escaping the fall of Cintra being the present. The backstories of Yennefer becoming a mage and her meeting of Geralt of Rivia are told over a series of simultaneous flashbacks. In the final episode, a group of mages led by Yennefer attempt to stop the advance of the Nilfgaardian army into the North. Yennefer's side wins as she embraces the chaos within her, but her fate is left unclear after the battle. Meanwhile, Geralt is mortally wounded and taken to a nearby farm, where he finally meets up with Ciri—thus beginning to fulfill his destiny.
What will Season Two be about?
The first season of The Witcher is loosely based on The Last Wish by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski. Events like Episode Eight's Battle of Sodden Hill more or less happen as it's told in the books, and The Witcher showrunners have said that they will continue to pull from events Sapkowski's stories. That means the next material the show will likely adapt would be Blood of Elves and Time of Contempt.
And based on the most recent leaks from a Witcher fan site, the filming of Season Two, which began in early 2020, is moving forward with adapting Blood of Elves and Time of Contempt. A Witcher fan site reported that the elf sorceress Francesca Findabair will appear in Season Two, along with the feared elven army Scoia’tael. According to the leak, scenes in the elven army camp were filmed for three days, alongside Francesca and Anya Chalotra, who plays Yennefer.
As the Witcher Wiki describes the Scoia'tael:
The Scoia'tael are a group of elven and dwarven rebels fighting against the discrimination of nonhumans. They are divided into commando groups, or independent squads. Their protest against racism quickly turned to violence. Scoia'tael rob merchant caravans, plunder and burn villages, and kill. Instead of finding a peaceful solution, humans send troops to fight them. Scoia'tael means 'squirrel' in elven and the name probably comes from the rebels' habit of attaching squirrel puffs to their clothing.
With the appearance of the Scoia’tael, it seems Season Two will delve even deeper into the complex racial politics of The Continent.
The good news for anyone who was confused by the often separate timelines and stories, is that The Witcher will embrace a more linear structure in Season Two, showrunner Lauren Hissrich said in a recent interview with Gamesradar. “What’s great about season two, I can tell you, is that, in what we’ve written, the story becomes much more focused. There’s a stronger drive in the story, because all of the relationships that we’ve been setting up in season one, actually start to come into fruition in season two,” she said.
That means, now that these characters have come together, the story will be more focused and take more care with its worldbuilding rather than providing origin stories.
"I knew from the very beginning of writing this season that I wanted the last moment to be the meeting, and realizing that [Geralt and Ciri's] destiny has been fulfilled," Hissrich told IGN. "Because that's what so much of Season 1 is about, right? It's about the destiny of these three characters and how they find each other and how they move through the world, and interacting and moving together even though they don't want to be. So, [in] Season 2 we actually get to explore some of that."
In the finale of Season One of The Witcher, Geralt briefly sees a vision of a young woman named Visenna. While the show doesn't give any other details about this new character, we know from clues in the games and books that she is his mother. As the Witcher Wiki explains:
Visenna was a druid, healer, and a sorceress, as well as the mother of witcher Geralt of Rivia. Geralt got the opportunity to meet her face to face as she treated some very serious injuries he had sustained.
This brief tease of the new character hints that Season Two will delve more into Geralt's history and how he became a Witcher.
When does Season Two debut?
After originally beginning production in early 2020, The Witcher halted filming in March during the global pandemic. In June, Netflix announced that the show would resume filming on August 17.
Given that the show had barely begun filming earlier this year, it likely means that Season Two's release date will be pushed to summer or fall of 2021. That will give you some time to gather some more coins to toss to your Witcher.